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50ef1416b3fc4b53ef000027_smart-stell-residence-tonic-design-tonic-construction_smart_3_rear_exterior_day-528x369The clients wanted a new house but not a new neighborhood. On one of their daily walks they found a 40-year-old structure for sale. The house, beyond repair, occupied a promising lot with a southeast exposure to a small lake. This gave the couple the idea to build their “home and vacation home at the same time, they said.

The design of the new house addresses two key site relationships: (1) the existing neighborhood and its contextual scale, and (2) the landscape of the lake. From the street, the new one-story house’s form is low, quiet, and horizontal, with the only real opening towards the street at the main entrance porch. Because this house would be a dramatic departure from the typical houses in the neighborhood, we sitedit deeplyinto the property. READ MORE…

By Krista Hovis

Lowe's Park Pavilion at the NC Museum of Art

Lowe’s Park Pavilion at the NC Museum of Art

While many art museums have lawn sculptures to draw visitors in, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh has taken the concept a step further. Within the museum’s 164-acre (66-hectare) park, the sculptures are more than just works of art; they serve functional purposes, as well. Designed by artists, the pieces are integrated into the infrastructure of the park and serve as seating, footbridges, gateways and, most recently, a shelter.

As visitors to the park walk along the museum trail, they come upon a stand of trees and a structure in which to rest and look out on a prairie. The 750-square-foot (70-m2) Lowe’s Park Pavilion, made possible in part through a grant from the North Wilkesboro, N.C.-based Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, is a work of art that provides shelter while blending with the surrounding landscape. Artist and exhibit developer Mike Cindric of Raleigh- based Design Dimension teamed up with Vincent Petrarca, a partner in the Raleigh- based architectural firm Tonic Design, to create an open and inclusive design process to achieve these goals. READ MORE…